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EU launches new Forest Information System to improve knowledge on forests and woodlands

Amid a need for more accurate, up-to-date and harmonised data and monitoring on Europe’s valuable woodlands, the European Environment Agency and the European Commission today launched a new Forest Information System for Europe (FISE) which aims to become Europe’s knowledge hub to monitor the state, health and sustainability of Europe’s many forests. The FISE web portal will provide tail...
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Leitrim forestry damaging environment and community, warns group

A report on the impact of forestry in Leitrim confirms the level of plantations in the county is the highest in the country, with Sitka spruce the dominant species.  It found the conifer accounted for 61 per cent of total forest area, and 75 per cent of forest owners are farmers. The report was commissioned by Minister of State for Agriculture Andrew Doyle amid allegations...
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Plan to plant a 22m trees a year to beat greenhouse gases (Croke Park x 6)

An attempt to transform the Irish landscape with nature's own carbon captors will see 22 million trees planted every year for the next 20 years.  The ambitious plan is the equivalent of planting more than 6,000 Croke Park pitches every year until 2040.  If successful, the area of land under trees could increase by 20pc to almost one-million hectares, although that would still leave Ireland at the ...
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Protecting the world’s forests : European Commission steps up EU action

The European Commission has set out a new framework of actions to protect and restore the world's forests, which host 80% of biodiversity on land, support the livelihoods of around a quarter of the world's population, and are vital to our efforts to fight climate change. The comprehensive Communication published last week introduces measures for enhanced international cooperation with s...
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The Environment: Getting Better All The Time

Contrary to what you see reported in the news, the environment is, bit by bit, getting better. The latest evidence for this comes from France, which is becoming heavily re-forested. According to The Economist: Since 1990, thanks to better protection as well as to a decline in farming, France’s overall wooded or forested areas have increased by nearly 7%. And France is far from being alone. Across...
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Teagasc marks International Day of the Forests

Thursday, 21 March was ‘International Day of Forests’ and Teagasc highlighted the multiple benefits of well-sited and sustainably managed forests and woodlands, in particular as a viable on-farm resource.  It also ties in with The Department of Agriculture, Food and Marine report on Forests & Water, Achieving Objectives under Ireland’s River Basin Management Plan 2018-2021 Sustainable Fores...
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Citizen’s Assembly recommendations best foundation in tackling climate change

The recommendations of the Citizens’ Assembly are the best foundation on which to lay a policy roadmap for lasting leadership in tackling climate change.  This was the expert view that the Environmental Pillar outlined before a new 22-member Joint Oireachtas Committee to explore how best the State can lead in tackling climate change. Last November, the Assembly voted for recommendations such as...
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A global ecosystem restoration movement is our best hope to limit climate change – report

A GPFLR report Restoring forests and landscapes, the key to sustainable future showcases the success of large-scale restoration of landscapes burdened by natural or man-made disasters. With wildfires, droughts and the steadily increasing number of migrants driven from their homes by land degradation, food insecurity or conflict over natural resources dominating the news, the report comes at a pivo...
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New EU investment in sustainable forestry across Ireland

Crucial new investment to strengthen green infrastructure, benefit biodiversity and adapt infrastructure to a changing climate has been unlocked by the Natural Capital Financial Facility, a EUR 400 million initiative intended to better protect Europe’s natural capital. The unique scheme is now looking to expand cooperation with partners across Europe to enhance investment that better supports n...
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